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2011-05-10 14:47:05

The introduction of multidetector row computed tomographic pulmonary angiography (CTPA) was associated with an apparent increase in the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism (PE), but with only minimal changes in mortality (death), suggesting the possibility of overdiagnosis, according to a report in the May 9 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. This article is part of the Less Is More series in the journal. Pulmonary embolism usually occurs when a blood clot...

2011-04-01 14:53:45

Research: Randomized prostate cancer screening trial: 20 year follow-up Screening does not significantly reduce prostate cancer deaths, but the risk of overdetection and overtreatment is considerable, concludes a 20-year study published on bmj.com today. Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers among men worldwide. Screening is widely used in many countries, but remains controversial because experts can't agree whether the benefits outweigh the potential harms and costs of...

2011-02-25 12:53:07

Screening for PSA velocity leads to many unnecessary biopsies and should be removed from screening guidelines Researchers at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center have found that change in PSA levels over time "” known as PSA velocity "” is a poor predictor of prostate cancer and may lead to many unnecessary biopsies. The new study of more than 5,000 men was published online February 24 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Andrew Vickers, PhD, Associate Attending...

2010-07-27 13:21:57

Most men who are diagnosed with prostate cancer appear to under undergo aggressive therapy, even if they have a low prostate-specific antigen (PSA) level and low-risk disease, according to a report in the July 26 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. More than 90 percent of all prostate cancers are diagnosed before the disease has spread to other parts of the body, and the five-year survival rate for these patients diagnosed with localized disease is...

2010-03-23 12:00:00

MARLTON, N.J., March 23 /PRNewswire/ -- The words "you have prostate cancer" leave patients and their families in shock, confusion and fear. Then follows the inevitable: What next? Recognizing the critically important lapse between the diagnosis and treatment, The Cancer Information Service Research Consortium (CISRC) is conducting a Healing Choices study that will try to determine if receiving a multimedia presentation of medical options helps patients make informed treatment...

2010-03-09 14:23:00

Data Addresses the Central Challenge in Prostate Cancer Care as Identified by March 4 Congressional Hearing and Highlights Need for Further Research WASHINGTON, March 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- New preliminary data from a pilot study in the Netherlands indicates that imaging tools may help address the most challenging clinical dilemma of prostate cancer care as identified by the hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and its expert witnesses last week: to treat or...

2010-03-09 12:42:00

The PRIME Act Follows Historic Congressional Hearing Which Highlighted Lack of Accurate Prostate Diagnostics WASHINGTON, March 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AdMeTech President and CEO Dr. Faina Shtern and Oscar-winning actor Louis Gossett, Jr. today praised Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) for re-introducing the Prostate Research Imaging and Men's Education (PRIME) Act, which calls for $650 million to improve imaging and blood tests for early detection and treatment of prostate cancer. Rep....

2010-03-04 09:00:00

Foundation for Improving Prostate Imaging Technology Testifies at House Committee for Hearing WASHINGTON, March 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AdMeTech President and CEO Dr. Faina Shtern told the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform that a major national commitment is needed to create accurate, life-saving diagnostic tools for prostate cancer and end what she called "the prostate cancer crisis." Dr. Shtern, a leader over the past 20 years in the development of advanced...

2010-03-01 10:15:00

Health Care Reform Highlights Need for Better Screening and Prevention Foundation for Improving Prostate Imaging Technology Praises House Committee for Hearing WASHINGTON, March 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AdMeTech Foundation announced today that its President and CEO Dr. Faina Shtern will testify on March 4 before the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on how health care reform highlights the need for increased funding for research aimed at creating accurate,...

2010-02-16 16:29:00

WASHINGTON, Feb. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The first ever actuarial analysis of lung cancer mortality, published today in Population Health Management Journal, provides strong evidence that earlier detection could reduce the number of late stage lung cancer deaths by over 70,000 people each year in the US. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081016/LCALOGO) Calling the number "profound," Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA) President Laurie Fenton-Ambrose said, "This would be the...


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  • A stinking tobacco.
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